On the Origin of Humoral Medicine in Latin America

  title={On the Origin of Humoral Medicine in Latin America},
  author={G. M. Foster},
  journal={Medical Anthropology Quarterly},
  • G. M. Foster
  • Published 1987
  • Sociology
  • Medical Anthropology Quarterly
For the past half-century humoral medicine has been recognized by anthropologists to be the most important and widespread ethnomedical system in Latin America. While most scholars believe this system is largely a simplified folk variant of classical Greek and Persian humoral pathology, a small minority—particularly Audrey Butt Colson and Alfredo Lopez Austin—argues for a New World origin. In this paper the author supports the former hypothesis by tracing the well-documented history of classical… Expand
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